About Us

We Are National Development

National Development is a vertically integrated real estate investment, development, construction and management firm. We work closely with our partners and stakeholders to create vibrant and interesting places. Through over 300 projects and three decades of experience, we have become part of the communities in which we work. Our local knowledge and relationships combined with our understanding of the global capital markets result in exceptional projects and attractive investments.

Our Mission

We turn projects into communities. We work collaboratively as long-term partners, creating value for our investors and enhancing the neighborhoods in which we build.

Strength & Capability

Our greatest strength is our people; over 300 team members bring expertise in every aspect of the value creation process, across all property categories including office, research, industrial, retail, senior housing, multifamily and hotel.

The firm’s activities are primarily funded by our closed-end discretionary funds. We launched our first fund in 2006 and have subsequently raised over $1.1 billion via four fully-discretionary funds comprised primarily of endowments, foundations, institutions and family offices. We are currently investing our $400,000,000 Fund IV, which we expect will be deployed into $1.5 – 2 billion of new acquisitions and developments. 


Over our firm’s nearly 40-year history in Boston, we have developed over 30 million SF in over 45 communities, investing over $6 billion. Our knowledge of the Greater Boston market and its many cities and towns is unparalleled. National Development is consistently ranked by the Boston Business Journal as one of the largest real estate development and investment firms in New England.

Innovation & Performance

National Development has distinguished itself as one of Boston’s most creative and innovative real estate firms, with a long track record of creating great places in which people want to work and live. Our vertically integrated structure, with the discretionary capital and in-house acquisition, development, construction and property management expertise, has earned our firm a reputation for reliably executing thoughtfully conceived projects on time and on budget.  

Our Values


It’s true. We are better together. Through collaboration, we turn visions into realities and projects into communities. Through teamwork, trust and open communication, we inspire each other with a strong sense of purpose to create great places.


We’re committed to working together with the cities and towns in which we work, creating environments that have a deep impact on people’s lives. We also believe in giving back. Every year, we support over 100 charitable and community organizations including United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Heading Home, Building Impact, Foundation for MetroWest, Habitat for Humanity and many others.


From innovative deal structures to creative placemaking, we pride ourselves on our ability to think outside the box and maximize the potential of each project. We draw inspiration from history, sound planning and design principles, and community input to deliver projects that empower change, growth and transformation.

What We Do

As a vertically integrated company with in-house capital combined with acquisition, financing, permitting, development, construction and management expertise, we are able to bring a high level of speed, reliability and efficiency to the process of creating great places. 



Our firm’s activities are primarily funded by our discretionary, closed-end funds. We launched our first fund in 2006 and have subsequently raised over $1.1 billion via four fully-discretionary funds comprised primarily of endowments, foundations, institutions and family offices. We recently closed our $400,000,000 Fund IV. In addition to ground-up development, our firm is focused on acquiring properties where value can be added through re-leasing, re-positioning and/or redevelopment.




Our development team excels at taking a project from the initial acquisition through construction and stabilization. Our deep understanding of market forces, planning issues, the permitting process, design and financing are the key ingredients to our success. We are primarily focused on the development or redevelopment of mixed-use properties that combine several project types to create vibrant, attractive places.




Cranshaw Construction is our construction manager/general contractor affiliate. The firm builds office, industrial, residential, life science, retail, hotel and other project types on behalf of both National Development and third party clients. Cranshaw’s capabilities include pre-construction services, site analysis, feasibility and conceptual estimating, plan review and value engineering. The firm is consistently ranked by the Boston Business Journal as one of the top ten largest construction management firms in Greater Boston.

Property Management


Our property management group is one of the largest in the region and manages nearly 9 million SF of commercial, industrial and retail space, and 3,000 apartment units for both National Development and third party clients. We are committed to maximizing the value of each client’s asset through proactive marketing, tenant retention and community engagement programs, comprehensive maintenance, and detailed financial reporting.  For more information about the residential communities we manage, visit www.ndcommunities.com.

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  • Building Impact Gold Impact Award


  • Building Impact Silver Impact Award



  • NAIOP Distinguished Real Estate Award

  • The American Consulting Engineers Council of Massachusetts, Excellence Award

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    National Development’s plans for a large-scale South Boston mixed-use development now include lab space, with the developer and financing partner AEW Capital Management this month formally pitching their plans for a four-building complex spanning a combined 1.15 million square feet on 5.4 acres in South Boston. The project would include two 11-story...

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    January 5, 2021

    Newton-based National Development and Boston-based The Mount Vernon Co. plan to jointly develop a three-building, 650,000-square-foot life science and office campus at 1170 Soldiers Field Road in Allston, the longtime home to WBZ-TV’s studio. National and Mount Vernon’s letter of intent, filed this week with the Boston Planning and Development...

  • Avenu at Natick Wins MAA Achievement Award for Best Senior Community in Massachusetts

    December 2, 2020

    Avenu at Natick, a premier 62+ Active Adult apartment community, was named Senior Community of the Year at the Massachusetts Apartment Association’s Achievement Awards. Avenu received a 2020 Communities of Excellence Award, recognizing it for superior performance in property management, operations and service to residents and community. View the award...

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    November 25, 2020

    The District Burlington, a 1.3M SF vibrant business environment, has been awarded a BOMA Boston TOBY award for Outstanding Building of the Year in the Suburban Office Park Mid-rise category. This prestigious commercial real estate award recognizes the District Burlington for its superior performance in building management, operations and community...

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